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Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard 2002

External Review by Epic Cellars:

Buttery, with an evolved light gold color, is the 2002 Chardonnay Estate. It is more typically California with less minerality than the 2001, offering big, rich, full-bodied flavors, good acidity, and a judicious touch of toasty oak.

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Mount Eden Vineyards:
The genesis of Mount Eden Vineyards was the arrival of Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson to San Jose, California, in 1878. Masson soon established a vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Mount Eden, where he became a well know bon vivant. Martin Ray, who grew up in the foothills below Mount Eden, became acquainted with the charismatic Frenchman and, shortly after Prohibition... Read more
The genesis of Mount Eden Vineyards was the arrival of Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson to San Jose, California, in 1878. Masson soon established a vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Mount Eden, where he became a well know bon vivant. Martin Ray, who grew up in the foothills below Mount Eden, became acquainted with the charismatic Frenchman and, shortly after Prohibition's repeal, purchased Paul Masson's Champagne Company. Notoriety came quickly. At a time when most California wines were blended from various, often inferior, grape varieties, noble grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were virtually unknown. The mercurial Ray began producing 100% varietal table wines, boasting that California could vinify world class wines to rival those of France. In the 1930s, it seemed a ridiculous, foolhardy claim. Wanting to establish his own brand, Ray sold the Paul Masson property in 1943 and, that following year purchased a higher peak to the north, Mount Eden. In 1945 he planted his first vineyard there. The varieties were Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (Cabernet Sauvignon was added in the 1950's), and the mountain became his home. Ray named his wine domain simply "Martin Ray." Read less

External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

Buttery, with an evolved light gold color, is the 2002 Chardonnay Estate. It is more typically California with less minerality than the 2001, offering big, rich, full-bodied flavors, good acidity, and a judicious touch of toasty oak.



Tasting Notes:

A late October harvest..... Edna Valley is the last of the major Chardonnay regions to harvest in California. The fruit remains on the vine for weeks at the end of the season picking up added nuance and flavors. There is no other appellation more influenced by the ocean than the Edna Valley. This cool climate is what this noble variety seeks to give drama and tension in the glass. The 2002 vintage, our eighteenth from this vineyard, is a classic with aromas of pineapple, honey, tangerine and toast: suave and vibrant in the mouth with flavors of quince, citrus and stones.

5488 cases produced.


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